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First alone and DIY elk hunt.

Howdy, to start things, I am now of legal age to hunt alone and have plans for an elk hunt this season. This is my first elk hunt and will be my first time hunting alone. I know it sounds bad to hunt alone but it's either hunt alone or not at all. Im thinking about hunting the Radium SWA in CO in unit 15 and maybe Rout NF, has anyone here hunted Radium SWA for elk and deer and had success? I have a cow elk tag for first rifle and a doe deer tag for third rifle. If any of you have thoughts on this area it would help, I'm not asking for specific and secret gps coordinates just general help, thanks.

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Beckford I admire your

Beckford

I admire your enthusiam, but I've got to the pull sage-old-man card on this one.  I've spent a few years with a search and rescue team in CO, and seen and heard of too many hunters/hikers getting in trouble in the woods.  Unless you've got a VERY strong background in wilderness survival, wilderness medicine, map navigation, etc., follow the number one rule and bring a buddy.  Elk are not small, and if you should be lucky enough to shoot one, it's going to take you and several other guys to get it out. 

It's very easy for the best of us to get lost in the woods or have other issues come up.  I've had to literally run down a mountain because a partner and I were hunting above the tree line when a lightning/thunder/snow storm hit.  (Nothing like carrying a lightning-rod rifle over your shoulder during a lightning storm on the very top of a mountain.)  Visibility was less that 100' within minutes and we were forced to wait it out after we ran to a low spot 500' below us that offered some protection.  We had no warning, it was overcast all day, and within minutes the sky darkened and it started snowing and lightning.  The point is, if something happened to one of us, the other could have gone for help or provided CPR.

There are lots people on this web site that might be willing to add another partner to the group.  Good luck to you and be careful with whatever you decide.

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Welcome to BGH.net. I havn't

Welcome to BGH.net. I havn't hunted those areas but I have some experiance hunting CO.

If it is a must on hunting alone you need to really do your homework. which includes being physicaly able and mentaly prepared. Your going to want to be ready for any circumastnce while your out there alone. Also make sure you let someone know excatly where your going to be and when you plan on getting back, and stick to that plan regardless.

Co can be a pretty unforgiving place if your not 100% prepared. So make sure you bring everything you'll need. Expect bad weather even if it's not in the forcast, this includes bringing chains for tires which work well in mud or snow. Bring plenty of warm clothes and bedding as well as enough food and water to last the entire trip. Make sure you cary a good GPS if you can and a map and compass. Also a survival kit and first aid kit isn't a bad idea either if your planning on doing any hiking.

Are you setting up camp or backpacking in somewhere? Lot's to get ready and study before you go out on your first outting alone.

I personally prefer to hunt with a partner, though I find myself hunting alone alot more often then not.

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Thanks for the info, I've

Thanks for the info, I've already thought these things through and will have help if I am lucky enough to tag out. My plan is to hunt as far from the roads as I can for three days and if that fails, to camp in for two days. Just hoping someone knows this area and maybe Routt NF for places with good cow numbers.

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go north young man

Radium is good for deer, but a little sketchier for elk.  You'll need to go a little further north into the National Forest for better elk hunting in 1st season

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Im not sure how old you have

Im not sure how old you have to be to hunt alone in colorado but, i think with the right planning and preparation you could be setting yourself up for a lifetime of fun and excitement. However with that being said i believe i would be irresponsible if i did not warn you like everyone else has in past post's of the dangers that the high country can bring!!!! I think your on the right track by talking to other elk hunters on this forum but i believe you need to do more. It would help with you being younger to have a mentor that you can talk through your plans with, someone who is doing what your doing. I just got back from my first solo scouting trip a couple of weeks ago, it was my first time backpacking out west for that matter, however it couldn't of gone better and i have to say that i owe much of my preparation to reading cameron haynes "back country bowhunting". Now don't get me wrong he was not my only source but tons of info. To give you an idea, i spent the last year planning this trip and it basically consumed my whole life.And one last thought cause i'm getting to wordy but something that might ease your mind and everyone who is worried about you at home. there is a GPS messenger that everyone back home can track you through google earth and see where your at, you can even send messages to them to let them know your ok, or worse case scenario SOS. Anyway hope this helps let me know if i can help with anything else

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gps messanger

i forgot to give you the name of that gps messanger its called spot and here is the link http://www.findmespot.com/en/

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go for it and have fun.  I

go for it and have fun.  I elk hunt alone all the time.  the hardest part is at night after dinner is over and it is too early to go to bed.  bring a book or a small radio.  the radio goes along ways from making you feel lonely.  mine has the noaa weather service on it.  packing elk out is not necesarily hard but very time consuming.  especially if you are a ways from the truck. 

 

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Thanks for the input, I

Thanks for the input, I already have SPOT and I do like it, I also have a gps and what not. Anyone have any good suggestions for a backpack for a 3-5 day trek that isn't $300?

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i have the badlands 4500 and

i have the badlands 4500 and it was worth every penny, i don't think you can skimp on the one things that can make or break your hunt especially if you are backpacking in!!!

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GO FOR IT! not enough people

GO FOR IT! not enough people do these days and it is so much more fulfilling. 

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